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Free/Open Source software (FOSS)

Minding your P's and Q's with Open Source

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Open source compliance continues to be difficult issue, often compounded by the large and varied range of licenses that governed the use of the software that may come with the kind of strings attached that you may not realize.

Open-source Business Intelligence Firm Gets Funding

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As further evidence of the expanding role of open source applications in enterprise data centers, Pentaho, a start-up that builds open-source business intelligence software, announced last week that it has received US$5 million in series A funding.

Venezuela Open Source

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The Third Worldwide Free Knowledge Forum was held last week in Maracaibo, Venezuela bringing together about 500 Venezuelan developers and advocates of "Software Libre" (Free-as-in-Speech Software) as well as speakers from FLOSS projects in Spain, Brazil, Columbia, the U.S. and Mexico.

Ignoring open source hazardous to your company's health

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Companies that choose to ignore open source software (OSS) do so at their own risk, according to a new report from IT research firm The 451 Group.

Broker launches open source insurance

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A US brokerage is offering insurance against the possibility of being sued for using non-commercial software.

The sophist and the open source baking farce

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One of the biggest threats to open source software has arisen from a most unlikely place - the food and beverage industry.

Accountancy firm dumps Microsoft for OpenOffice

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The Melbourne member office of international accountancy and business advice provider HLB International is mid-way through the process of replacing its Microsoft Office-based desktop suite with the OpenOffice.org open source alternative.

Feeling the Open Source Love

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For all of the open source initiatives Sun is touting, whether real or hyped, one thing has to happen to make its plan work: It has to attract enough developers to start building the apps and utilities Sun needs to make OpenSolaris attractive to customers.

Sun executive explains move to open-source

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In an interview with Computerworld last week, John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun's software group, talked about his company's latest software efforts.

Siemens to join OSDL

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Siemens has announced it is to join the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).

The coming software revolution

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If Marc Benioff, CEO and founder of Salesforce.com, is the biggest spokesperson for SaaS, then Greg Gianforte, CEO and founder of SaaS CRM competitor RightNow Technologies, is in the avant-garde of that software revolution, adding open source to the war on packaged apps. The difference between the two may offer us a peek into the future of IT infrastructures.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling on Open Source

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland-Initiatives are under way to create an Open Source Center of Excellence across Ireland that will provide the expertise to examine and discuss the use and potential of open source going forward.

Open Source Rules

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Let's face it: The traditional software business model is broken - A recent study by Goldman Sachs shows that software firms are charging customers for their sales efforts under the guise of license fees! It is no surprise that a new generation of companies is adopting a different business model altogether: Drop the license fees and help "customers sell themselves".

French Government Lobbied to Ban Free Software

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French have told Free Software authors: "You will be required to change your licenses. You shall stop publishing free software," and warn they are ready "to sue free software authors who will keep on publishing source code"

Growing pains for Wikipedia

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For Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, last week was a tough one. And he's going to change the ground rules for the popular anyone-can-contribute encyclopedia because of it.

Open Source Enters VM Space

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Open-source technology is ready to take a major step forward into the competitive virtual machine space, a move that could help drive down costs for users.

EULAs, indemnification, and user protection

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Users of free and open source software (FOSS), who are accustomed to licences that give no warranty and admit no liability, may be even less inclined to read EULAs than most computer users. Perhaps, though, we should start.

Open source rides to the rescue

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Traffic on the network had been increasing all week, but the intrusion-detection system wasn’t picking up anything malicious. Whatever traffic was traversing the network was considered okay.

Understanding LAMP

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If you're at all familiar with open source software, chances are you've heard the phrase "LAMP stack" at some point. You may even know what it stands for. But do you know what LAMP actually is?

Open source to be part of engg curriculum

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A three-year project to include open source subjects such as Python programming and the Linux kernel is being funded by the Department of Information Technology. Aiding the academia is the city's Free and Open Source Software event, FOSS.in 2005.

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